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Predictions of Flow Boiling in Fractal-Like Branching Microchannels

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Brian J. Daniels

Xerox Corporation

Deborah V. Pence, James A. Liburdy

Oregon State University

Paper No. IMECE2005-82484, pp. 359-368; 10 pages
  • ASME 2005 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Fluids Engineering
  • Orlando, Florida, USA, November 5 – 11, 2005
  • Conference Sponsors: Fluids Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4219-3 | eISBN: 0-7918-3769-6
  • Copyright © 2005 by ASME


Single-phase and two-phase flows in microscale fractal-like branching flow networks are studied using a one-dimensional model that includes variable property and developing flow effects. Pressure drop, pumping power, changes in the bulk fluid temperature and a performance parameter are reported for mass flow rates ranging from 25 to 500 g/min and wall heat fluxes from 5 to 40 W/cm2 . Two-phase flow through fractal-like flow networks is also compared to flow through a series of parallel channels for identical wall heat fluxes and for flow rates between 25 and 100 g/min. Channel length, height, convective surface area, heat flux and flow rate were the same between the fractal-like and parallel channel array. It was found that single-phase flows through fractal-like flow networks exhibit lower pressure drop and pumping power than do two-phase flows at the same wall heat flux and mass flow rate. The inlet temperature for the single-phase cases is 20°C, whereas the two-phase flow enters as a saturated liquid. The pressure drop and pumping power were always lowest for the fractal-like flow networks compared with the parallel channel arrays for identical heat transfer and flow rates.

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